Glee Star Cory Monteith Dies Aged 31
‘Glee’ star Cory Monteith has been found dead in a hotel room in Vancouver, Canada.
The 31-year old actor played Finn Hudson in the hit TV show. Police are yet to confirm cause of death, but have ruled out foul play.
Cory Monteith, the Canadian actor best known for playing Finn Hudson on the hit Fox TV show ‘Glee,’ has been found dead in a Vancouver hotel room. He was 31.
The star’s publicist Melissa Kates said ”We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate, We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss.”
Monteith’s body was discovered at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel. According to the Vancouver PD, he checked into the hotel on July 6 and was due to check out on Saturday (13th). When he failed to do so, hotel staff went into the room and found him. Paramedics declared him dead at the scene.
The authorities said Monteith was alone at the time of his death, and there appeared to be no foul play. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Meanwhile, Glee’s executive producers, 20th Century Fox and Fox Broadcasting Company, said…
“We are deeply saddened by this tragic news. Cory was an exceptional talent and an even more exceptional person.
He was a true joy to work with and we will all miss him tremendously. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and loved ones.”
Monteith is survived by his parents, brother Shaun and girlfriend, actress and co-star Lea Michele.
Since its first broadcast, Glee’s characters and storylines have explored issues affecting students today, including gay relationships and homophobic bullying. Although his character in Glee was at times uncomfortable with gay issues, Cory Monteith himself was a vocal supporter of gay rights. One example includes the video below for the ‘Straight But Not Narrow’ campaign.
In a video posted on YouTube, coroner for the British Columbia Coroners Service Barbara McLintock stated: “We do now have a cause of death in the tragic death of Cory Monteith, and that cause of death was a mixed drug toxicity and it involved heroin primarily and also alcohol.”